Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Shropshire Star 23rd August

For full story go to New Masonic Charitable Foundation link on right hand side of the page...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Fishing Charity running a Sole Night...

Fly fishers alert!!!

Provincial Perambulations and Walk to Welshpool

The Provincial Perambulations are continuing thanks to the two Rogers – Michell and Pemberton – who are leading the walks which by 2019 will connect all Lodges in Shropshire together, culminating in a ‘Grand Walk’ to Great Queen Street in London. 

Each walk is followed closely by a Meeting at a Lodge, and it is hoped that Brethren from the destination (or indeed any other) lodge will help raise funds through sponsorship, raffles and the like.

This Autumn’s programme of walks is well on in the planning stage: for now, here are the dates and locations, so that the Brethren of Shropshire can add them to their diaries. Please remember that it is always possible to join in for just a part of any walk if time or circumstance should prevent you from doing the full distance!

host lodge
Sun 04 Sep
1000h Roft St
Sun 11 Sep
0800h Town Hall
Ellesmere-Mkt Drayton
Mon 19 Sep
1000h Grove School
Mkt Drayton - Whitchurch
Wed/Thu 29-30 Sep
time? North Shrops Masonic Rooms
Whitchurch - Wellington
Old Wrekinian

The annual Walk to Welshpool (via the Severn Way) is also taking place as detailed below:

host lodge
Thu 13 Oct
0600h Crewe Street
Shrewsbury - Welshpool

The Sunday walks and the Walk to Welshpool above are being led by Roger Michell, and the rest by Roger Pemberton. If you would like to do all or part of a walk, or just attend the Lodge meeting to support the walkers, please in the first instance contact the walk leader rather than the Lodge Secretary.

More details will follow in due course. Get those walking boots out, Brethren!!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Light Blue flyer

Thanks to Bro Ryan Preece of The Iron Bridge lodge 9897 for the above flyer - please circulate to any Shropshire Mason/website etc.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

New Masonic Charitable Foundation supports young football star

“Talent Aid”, a new charitable venture funded by Freemasons, has come to the assistance of football-crazy youngster Daniel Stuart from Shropshire. A substantial grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will help fund costs such as kit and travel this season.

Nine-year-old Dan, who is a pupil at Whitchurch Church of England Junior School, has played soccer since he was just four years old. While a member of Prees under VIIs he was spotted by talent scouts from Stoke, Manchester United and Aston Villa and had trials with these clubs, but opted to go on the books of Shrewsbury Town last year as a more practical choice.

Dan’s talent as a central midfielder has been appreciated by his coaches as he trains each week at the Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology and the Sundorne Sports Village. So too has his temperament, which is pleasant and generous – he is often called on to assist younger players in their training.

Mother Mandy and grandfather Ron Ingall (of St Alkmund Lodge) have been only too aware of the strain on the family that travelling to away games and training sessions have caused, and for a time it seemed as though Dan might have to set aside his dream of training to become a senior footballer. Fortunately, the newly formed MCF – the result of four national Masonic charities combining into one – judged that Daniel’s case was worthy of their support, and approved the grant. 

Dan is one of the first young people in Shropshire to benefit from a “Talent Aid” grant. We wish this talented and pleasant lad a bright future!


Monday, 15 August 2016

Curry in a hurry...

W Bro Simon Clare, WM of The Iron Bridge Lodge, is cycling from Wigmore in Kent to Telford where his lodge meets. To make a donation to his charity page, please visit Simon's JustGiving page

To celebrate the end of this mammoth ride, Simon invites you to attend a curry at the Aftab Balti, Ironbridge - details of restaurant & menu at http://aftabbalti.co.uk

The event is to be on Tuesday, 13th September at 7 p.m., cost £15/head for any main meal + poppadums/pickles+half serving rice and half serving Naan. Drinks, starters and desserts available but not included in price!!

Simon hopes for at least 40 people there (cycling to the meal optional, not obligatory - relatives and friends welcome) and the Aftab Balti will be donating to his charity also. There will even be a raffle! What a truly splendid evening - get it in the diary now!!

Please book as soon as possible by emailing Simon.

Sunday, 14 August 2016


New to Masonry? Hoping to meet other young Shropshire Masons?

You are invited to a meeting for the formation of Shropshire’s own Light Blue Club on THURSDAY, 22nd  SEPTEMBER, 2016, 7.30 – 8.45 p.m. in the Peach Tree Restaurant piano bar, Shrewsbury SY2 6AE. 

All interested are welcome to attend for all or part of the time. There will be two bars, one speech only (at 8.00) and no raffle… At about 9 p.m. you are welcome to join the Three Wise Men in the adjacent Shalimar Indian Restaurant for an informal curry.

The aim is for ‘junior’ members of Shropshire lodges to get together to organise a variety of events for themselves and their partners - social, educational and charitable. We hope that the club will soon have its own web presence, Twitter feed, possibly a Facebook page &c. – till then, follow @shropshiremason or email shropshirelightblue@gmail.com.

Coming? Please let us know by email – if you wish to book in for the curry, please indicate number of places required.

Our Agenda on the 22nd will include: the name of the club – contact details and social media – regularity and location of meetings – content of meetings (what would you like to see?) – and to firm up offers of help into an organising committee.

Can’t make it? Please make contact anyway, and email us your thoughts on any of the subjects above, or indeed anything else you would like raised at the meeting. We want you feel and (as soon as possible) to be involved!!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Currying favour in Oswestry

Fourth Thursday irregulars

Cae Glas's next FTi will meet on 

Friday the 26th of AUGUST

With our last Fti attendance at well over 20, Brethren have expressed an interest in having another evening together to keep in contact over the summer months. Therefore, for those who have been missing the evenings, or indeed the curry, we’re having a Cae Glas social get together later in the month. As always, freemasons who are not members of Cae Glas are most welcome. 

Please note though, that for August, it’s a little different to normal. We will NOT be meeting at the Freemasons’ Hall, instead we will meet at the Red Lion Inn, Bailey Head, in Oswestry. We plan to start the evening with a beer at 7.00 for 7.30.

Enjoy a few drinks in comfort, catch up with all the latest news, talk all things masonic and enjoy a few more beers. What’s not to like?  

When all are assembled (we estimate this to be at about 8.30pm) there will be  a quick 5 minute walk to the Simla Indian Restaurant in Beatrice St, Oswestry.

At the restaurant a full menu of top quality Indian cuisine awaits you.

Non-Masonic guests are most welcome. If you have a friend who you feel might be interested in Freemasonry...bring him along, it should be a great night and a good "icebreaker" too….even if he’s not interested in Freemasonry, good beer followed by a good curry is too good to miss !!!

As always, the dress code is casual. That's about all for now, see you at the Red Lion.

Sincerely and fraternally, 


In view of the fact that we need to reserve a table at the restaurant, I need to have an idea of numbers likely to attend please. Therefore, if you intend to join us, or even if you are a little uncertain, could you please let me know by phone or a quick email? Thanks!

Watch out! Clive's about (again)!!

St Mary's Lodge's Junior Warden and Almoner, W Bro Clive Jones, is on the move again, this time walking in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Memory Walk 2016, in aid of the charity, is taking place at Cannock Chase on 4th September, and the aim is to get 100,000 people to raise £6.4 million to assist in the fight against dementia.

If you would like to help Clive, please go to www.justgiving.com/MW16clivejones.

Golf going swingingly

The Shropshire Masonic golf team now holds both of the inter-Provincial golf trophies having beaten both Herefordshire and Worcestershire Provinces this summer. The winner and loser stakes are equal in number for both trophies, but this is the first time that Shropshire have held the ‘almost’ new Severn trophy for the Worcestershire match (this has only been played for twice).

We firmly believe that it is to do with the wonderful support from our mascot and Provincial Grand Master who has attended everything this year and definitely nothing to do with the knees of the PrGDC (left) which were visible below his shorts!

We have two events left for this year:

The Autumn Open at Mile End on the 16th September (which sadly now clashes with West Mercia Lodge Installation) - please support us if you can... 

Festival Family Golf on the 1st October - a great day in prospect. We now have 11 teams for this event, but only one at present specifically representing a Shropshire Lodge. Others are promised but we need details and money! There are plenty of spaces, but time is running out to book in...

Please contact Mike Charles (full details on the poster below) if you would like to take part.